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Re: Who is #1 Steinway restoration specialist?
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Does it need a full rebuild or does it just need some new action parts, a good regulation, and a good clean out and tuning? That's also complicated work of course.

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Here's a post from my Facebook page, showing an example of the level of restoration work done by Cunningham.

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IMHO and from own observation, the "best" Steinway rebuilders are those who [when asked..] admit that Hamburg models are [in most cases..] superior to U.S. models. Their confidence in their work does not have to be pampered by "alternative facts"
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Dear Withheld,

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The question can be read that there is a man with huge means who starts trying to do best for a tiny grand....

My proposition would be - even if the S-155 is a fine grand - for it's size... - search a bigger one.

Good grands start at 180 cm. There is a reason that a "seven feeter" (200 to 230 cm) is the dream piano for most of the private piano players.


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To re-open a little more specifically: I have a Steinway M from 1930. Its innards are pretty good. No door-to-door restoration, but some decent work done in the last decade. The finish, however, needs work. It is a mahogany, and the varnish is somewhat caked and cracked from decades of coal furnaces, etc. Also, there is at least one surface that would need renewal (the small one to the right of the keyboard).

Any recommendations on shops especially good at that part of the gig in Massachusetts or New England?

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Originally Posted by Maestro Lennie
To re-open a little more specifically: I have a Steinway M from 1930. Its innards are pretty good. No door-to-door restoration, but some decent work done in the last decade. The finish, however, needs work. It is a mahogany, and the varnish is somewhat caked and cracked from decades of coal furnaces, etc. Also, there is at least one surface that would need renewal (the small one to the right of the keyboard).

Any recommendations on shops especially good at that part of the gig in Massachusetts or New England?

Peter Grey is in New Hampshire.

His profile has his contact info.

I don't know if he does refinishing himself, but if not he could probably recommend someone in the area.

If you want to go farther, there's always Cunningham in Philadelphia, or Piano Craft in Maryland.

I understand there are others in the New York metro (but I'm not familiar so familiar with them), and, of course, there's Steinway themselves in NY.



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Re: Who is #1 Steinway restoration specialist?
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Originally Posted by Maestro Lennie

Any recommendations on shops especially good at that part of the gig in Massachusetts or New England?


There are a lot of rebuilders in that area of the country, between the weather and the proximity to current and former factories, and the North Bennet Street School. I don't know the work of many of them, so I can't really make a specific recommendation.

I would strongly suggest playing finished examples of rebuilt pianos that have undergone similar rebuilding as a means of selecting a vendor, more than by reputation online alone.


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I would strongly suggest playing finished examples of rebuilt pianos that have undergone similar rebuilding as a means of selecting a vendor, more than by reputation online alone.

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If you just want someone to repair the finish, there should be people who do that. It could be considerably cheaper than having the piano refinished.


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I would advise also checking out Chupp's Piano Service in Northern Indiana. I've played their work, and they do a nice job.

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